Bachmann acknowledges CNN story with Facebook supporters
March 24th, 2011
01:01 PM ET
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Bachmann acknowledges CNN story with Facebook supporters

Washington (CNN) -Rep. Michele Bachmann is acknowledging with her supporters a CNN story about her presidential ambitions.

The Minnesota Republican has posted, on her Facebook page, the exclusive story that she plans to form a presidential exploratory committee in June, possible earlier.

"Read a little something on CNN…" Bachmann told her "friends" in a post on her page.

Though she has not officially made any announcement, the Facebook posting appears to be a tacit admission by the three-term congresswoman that she, in fact, will officially test the presidential waters in June, if not before.

Bachmann, a favorite of the Tea Party movement, is currently touring Iowa, home to the first big GOP presidential contest: the Iowa caucuses. She has also toured New Hampshire, home to the first-in-the-nation GOP presidential primary, and South Carolina – host of the first primary in the South.

It remains to be seen how a Bachmann bid would fare under the hot lights of a presidential primary. She recently received attention for a series of missteps and mishaps.

During her first swing through New Hampshire of the 2012 presidential season, the Minnesota Republican flubbed a historical fact: saying that the battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775 were fought in New Hampshire, instead of their actual location in neighboring Massachusetts. Bachmann later acknowledged the mistake, but blamed media bias for its widespread reporting.

During that same trip, protesters crashed a carefully choreographed event that Bachmann headlined. And after President Obama's State of the Union address, Bachmann was mocked for appearing to look off camera as she delivered a Tea Party response.

Still, the Republican lawmakers could be a force in a GOP presidential primary. She enjoys a wealth of support among grassroots, conservative activists, is a sought-after speaker for many Republican events and has done much work to build staffs – and relationships – in key, early primary states.

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    Woman, you never know your place do you, just because a small town few thousand people who do not know any better elect you as representative you think you are smart enough to run for president, you know Bachman, this civilized country does not have a place for your kind, hate monger, stupid, uniformed and Liar, go back to you rhick town in the boonies and raise grandkidt, maybe you will do a better job thatn what have you shown yourself to be so far.

    March 24, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    God help us!

    March 24, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  3. ConservaFascists/F.U.B.A.R.

    "Read a little something on CNN…"

    No Stupid. You need to read ALOT of something. Particularly American History!!!

    March 24, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  4. UrAverageJoe

    Oh please let this lunatic run! I heard she's heading to Israel just like Sarah Palin did cuz she's always wanted to see the Eiffel Tower 🙂

    March 24, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  5. John

    This woman is bat crap crazy! Is there a point where some people just don't grasp how the rest of the world sees them; can she be this narcissistic? Sadly, the answer is yes. The world laughs on....

    March 24, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  6. She has my vote

    My prayers come true. A true woman, with spine and more balls than Boehner, a great history, good heart proven by foster kids raised, good brains proven by years of being CORRECT in predictions, spine proven in battle against Boehner, well spoken, experienced, well grounded in our Constitution and economics, well-grounded in "live and let live", the classic liberal stance, .....

    She has my vote.

    March 24, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. JonathanL

    The Tea party more resembles the one hosted by the Mad Hatter in "Alice and Wonderland" than the one which was coordinated covertly at night for a real cause (basically the message was "mind your business" to tyranny, and the tactical message was "no taxation without representation"). I don't think today's Tea Party "Party" represents the majority, has such a clear and worthy cause, and I don't think they graduated high school. Just an angry mob of people who forgot to take their meds, and a handful of hustling politician wannabees.

    March 24, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  8. judith

    Bachmann is certifiably crazy. I do hope she gets the nomination, however, because it would assure a landslide for the President. Are the Republicans really dumb enough to consider her as a viable candidate? Of course, considering their long list of likely losers, who knows? This woman is so far right, she makes the John Birch Society look like a lion's den of lefties.

    March 24, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  9. notfooledbydistractions

    My initial response...BBBBBWWWWWAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

    Man, the republican primaries are going to be a real hoot!!!!

    Our standards haven't dropped that far – that Bachmann (Trump, Barbour, et. al) would actually be considered a viable presidential candidate.

    March 24, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  10. She has my vote

    I have to laugh at the "missteps" quoted by this CNN, anybody remember "57 States", Teleprompter screw ups, saying "corpse" not "corps" multiple times, calling anyone who opposed him "bitter clingers to guns and religioin afraid of foriegners" or something like that, "distribute the wealth", "be easier to be the President of China" God, the list is endless. Good grief. Who cares about looking off camera, or screwing up a battle site, at least she has 2 feet well grounded in reality!

    March 24, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  11. rikstah

    .......the nut jobs are endless on the Republican side, especially the pandering to evangelical pathetic..

    March 24, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  12. S. In California - Obama 2012

    She enjoys a wealth of support among grassroots, conservative activists, is a sought-after speaker for many Republican events and has done much work to build staffs – and relationships – in key, early primary states.

    And this STILL equates to LOSER but go ahead B_tchman and run and find out not all Americans favor a group of bigots taking over our country.

    March 24, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |

    Please, please run. What a complete idiot this woman is. Yesterday she was promoting home schooling. Just think how stupid the next generation would be if she got her wish. All of these uneducated Tea Baggers "teaching" their offspring. God save our great country! This seems to be the real way that they plan to dumb down America. It's truly amazing that she has any followers at all, but the truly scary part is that she does. But it's the same same crowd of loud people, not the masses.

    March 24, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  14. Superhiro

    Hey, if she wants to throw away a bunch of money trying to run for an office she'll never be elected to, I'm all for it.

    March 24, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  15. thomas

    Palin/Bachmann 2012
    The best and the brightest ?

    March 24, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  16. Brandon

    Being a Minnesotan, I seriously question her motives. I also suggest anyone who doesn't know much about Michele to take a good look at her past. I don't know how she could ever have a chance reaching the GOP nomination, let alone winning the presidency?

    March 24, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  17. bb

    Yep, that whackjob should run! There isn't enough humor in politics.

    March 24, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  18. DemoCommunists for a Better Way - Steal the Wealth

    I'd love to see her run and expose the rabid leftwing feminazis and progressives as they attack her for everything she says and does, just like they do with Palin. it helps the American people see the leftwing for who they really are, namely hated filled, violent people interesting only in unleashing hate filled vitriol against those they disagree with. We've seen them go so far as to attack Sarah Palin's young children. There is no limit to the depths to which they will sink in their hate-filled crusade.

    March 24, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  19. seriously???

    "President Bachmann." Ummm... no. Incomprehensible that 1.) ANYONE would support her and 2.) someone would be cruel enough to urge her to run, I mean, come on, that's just mean.

    March 24, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  20. Alan

    Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, Christine O'Donnell....methinks Dick Cheney built an army of dimwitted fembots...

    March 24, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  21. milspec

    Pass the popcorn, this is going to be fun.

    March 24, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  22. Dave

    LOL! I hope she runs. The pure comedy coming from this right-wing idiot will be priceless!

    March 24, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  23. Marie MD

    Oh goodie! Not that I use facebook or twiftter but it's good to know that somebody in her camp can let her know that most of us think she is an airhead bimbo (it's redundant, I know) but it fits her so well!
    They are following the blogs on CNN!!! That ego must be hurting every single day when there is a story about her and she realizes how little people think of her! 🙂

    March 24, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  24. Sandy Ohio

    God help us all...........

    March 24, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  25. lynn

    So, aa a born again Republican reads CNN. Hopefully she will read this. She is even less Presendial than Palin and sounds shriller. Her voice shuts down my ears, her message is hard line Republican, she will never garner a single vote from the moderates nor Democrats. Count her gone.

    March 24, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
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